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Title: POEMS syndrome - A case for more aggressive treatment
Authors: Rathakrishnan, R.
Liu, T.-C.
Chan, Y.-C.
Ong, B.K.C. 
Keywords: Demyelinating polyneuropathy
Issue Date: Jun-2007
Citation: Rathakrishnan, R., Liu, T.-C., Chan, Y.-C., Ong, B.K.C. (2007-06). POEMS syndrome - A case for more aggressive treatment. Annals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore 36 (6) : 435-437. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Introduction: Patients with POEMS (polyneuropathy, organomegaly, endocrinopathy, monoclonal or M-protein and skin changes) syndrome exhibit a wide range of clinical manifestations and are often seen by a variety of specialists prior to diagnosis. Clinical Picture: We describe a case of POEMS syndrome that first presented with significant neuropathy but progressed to develop further manifestations of the condition, including marked gastrointestinal symptoms. Treatment: The patient was commenced on localised radiotherapy and chemotherapy in addition to immunomodulatory therapy for the neuropathy. Conclusion: We highlight several learning points that may benefit physicians from varied specialties. This case is also unique for its marked gastrointestinal manifestation. To our knowledge, this is the second reported case in the literature with this feature.
Source Title: Annals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore
ISSN: 03044602
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